Art Gallery of Alberta

Interface at Refinery


Refinery late-night art party
Saturday, February 9, 2013

Thank you for attending Interface at Refinery, the latest installment of your AGA’s late-night art party. Check out photos from the event on the AGA Facebook page>


Can you spot yourself? Check out mirror by Refinery Creative Director, Kyle Armstrong, which he filmed, edited and premiered at the event!

Lo-fi meets hi-def at the next edition of our popular late-night art party series. Film and video projections and new and old technologies combine for an evening that will challenge your perceptions. Live-feed video and a sea of projections cast over the crowd will make you the star of this Refinery. Read up on our suggested dress code to see how you can soak up the spotlight…

Under the vision of local filmmaker and Refinery Creative Director, Kyle Armstrong, this event will have you exploring your own art-making abilities through hands-on art activities such as film manipulation and creating your own projections. Experience interactive art installations by featured local artists, explore the Gallery’s newest exhibitions and dance until the wee hours at Alberta’s most popular art party.

Did you know Refinery is not an AGA fundraising event? It’s is one of the unique ways the AGA connects people, art and ideas through music, interactive projects and performances. To help support quality programming at future Refinery parties, please make a donation in addition to your ticket purchase.

Creative Director

Creative Director’s Statement

(ĭn’tər-fās’) n.

1. A surface forming a common boundary between adjacent regions, bodies, substances, or phases.

2. A point at which independent systems or diverse groups interact.

The mediums by which we communicate with one another and the world around us directly affect how we perceive ourselves. It’s through these technological shifts we call interfaces that a culture or society evolves or devolves, a fate determined through the manifestation of the group’s intentions. In an image based culture, the screen dominates the mental landscape, replacing words and ideas with images; there is a direct effect on our perception of the world around us, of each other, and of ourselves. The screen becomes a mirror, a reflection of who we are and who we are becoming.

Kyle Armstrong


As a filmmaker, Kyle Armstrong focuses predominantly on short, non-narrative film. Working with super8 and 16mm, as well as lo-fi video, Armstrong frequently uses techniques that alter film by hand, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to both his own footage and found films. His works have been screened at various galleries, during live-cinema performances and in traditional cinemas across Canada. His work is influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Kyle has been working with Guy Maddin on the acclaimed director’s “Hauntings/ Seances” project as a “deputized” director, 2nd Unit Director and visual manipulator. Armstrong is currently the president of the Metro Cinema Society in Edmonton. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.

Featured Artists

Patrick Arès-Pilon

Directeur de Le Tivoli, Patrick Arès-Pilon aime se promener dans rues en contemplant la beauté innée du bruit, de la lumière et du movement entre les espaces present. Amant du film Patrick s’intéresse à sa preservation, à sa disintegration et à sa projection tout en explorant une esthétique synesthétique.

Kyle Armstrong

As a filmmaker, Kyle Armstrong focuses predominantly on short, non-narrative film. Working with super8 and 16mm, as well as lo-fi video, Armstrong frequently uses techniques that alter film by hand, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to both his own footage and found films.

Alysha Creighton

Alysha Creighton is an intermedia artist from Vancouver, BC. She is currently in the process of completing her MFA in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta. Her performance-based practice draws heavily on her background in dance and movement, exploring moments of tension in our bodily experience. Her work, which ranges from drawing to installation, photography and video has been exhibition national and internationally.

Mark Templeton

Canadian sound artist Mark Templeton utilizes acoustic instruments, found sounds and sampled material to construct textured, collage-like electronic compositions. Since the release of his critically acclaimed “standing on a Hummingbird” in 2007, his sound has been called “pastoral,” but also “painterly” in an attempt to describe how his sources are crumbled and reconstructed into new forms; a process further developed and realized on subsequent releases for Anticipate Recordings, Staalplaat, Sweat Lodge Guru and Under the Spire Recordings.


decay and the medium of memory and mirror

Creative Director Kyle Armstrong will install multiple projections on non-tradition surfaces of the Art Gallery of Alberta. These projections will be of manipulated and decaying motion picture images mixed with live feed footage. Armstrong will also create an interactive playback of participant’s movements altered into one fluid shot.

le Show de Peep

Le Tivoli is pleased to present a stereoscopic, interactive art installation entitled le Show de Peep. For the mere sum of 25¢, ladies and gents have the pleasure of viewing seven original three-dimensional images in View-master form that evoke the imagination.

Screen Studies

Alysha Creighton will exhibit a series entitled Screen Studies, which are video installations that explore the ways in which the materiality of the screen interferes with, alters and transforms digital images. Creighton will create screens with media such as wax, cloth and paper, exploring the subtle materiality of the screen, as object and locus of materialization and dematerialization. Through these works metaphors relating to identity, malleability and transformation will emerge.


Mark Templeton will showcase an audiovisual performance that experiments with sampled VHS material. Pushing the audiovisual elements into an altogether different territory from their original intent, VHS audio samples will be deconstructed, unlinked from their original source, processed and reconnected to their visual elements.

What to Wear

For the first time, you will become part of the featured artwork at our late-night art party. Guests are encouraged to dress in all white, acting together as a group canvas for the film, light and projections that will engulf the Gallery that night – turning the insides of the building into a giant projection screen, including the guests.


This Refinery brings you not one, not two, but three DJs for your dance party needs! DJs Wijit, Bron and Rootbeard will have you dancing all night long.

And More…

Interface at Refinery includes hands-on projects, games and tasty treats throughout the building. All of the exhibitions are open late for your viewing pleasure and our local DJs will have you dancing till the early hours of the morning. Watch your AGA come alive at one of Edmonton’s hottest events!

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About Refinery

Refinery is a series of late-night art parties themed around current AGA exhibitions and features projects by local artists. The event aims to provide a fun and unconventional approach to art in its diverse forms, media and manifestations. Each Refinery is led by an independent Creative Director from the local arts community to assist with programming for the evening and provide vision for this popular event.


Images from previous instalments of Refinery can be found on our Facebook page.

View information and programming from past Refinery late-night art parties:
November 17, 2012 | June 23, 2012 | March 24, 2012